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Be Responsible For Your Furry Friends!

By: City of Bondurant
Date Published: Monday, April 9, 2018
 

The City of Bondurant’s limited personnel does not allow us to respond to animal control calls within our community on a 24/7 basis.  Therefore, the City contracts with Polk County Animal Control professionals to respond to all animal control calls in Bondurant.  Unfortunately, there is a cost to this service.

Polk County bills the City over $92 for every trip to Bondurant for barking dogs, animal welfare checks, stray or dead animals, etc.  A lot of the calls cause the City to receive an invoice for stray or dead animals, which the City is charged the trip charge and a disposal fee of $125;  that is over $200 for one animal call.

When the City is able to identify an owner of an animal that resulted in a call to Polk County Animal Control, the owner is charged for the trip charge.  Sometimes pets get loose and Polk County Animal Control will take the animal to Animal Rescue League.  If that is the case, the owners will need to pay a charge to ARL to get their pet back.  

The annual General Fund Animal Control budget for Bondurant is $10,000.  If the City can recoup some of those dollars (usually around $2,000) from responsible pet owners, it saves taxpayers some of the expense.